Interim Standards for New Directions, Services and Supports for Adults with Disabilities

April 2016: Interim Standards for New Directions published by the HSE

The HSE has published ‘Interim Standards for New Directions, Services and Supports for Adults with Disabilities’. The Interim Standards are available for download from the HSE website.

The National Disability Authority supported the HSE with the development of these Interim Standards. There is further information below on the process of development and consultation that took place.

November 2015: Interim Standards for New Directions approved by the HSE

The NDA has been supporting the HSE to develop ‘Interim Standards for New Directions, Services and Supports for Adults with Disabilities’. The need to develop these Interim Standards arose as a key recommendation in ‘New Directions, the review of HSE Funded Adult Day Services’ published in 2012. In September 2014, Draft Interim Standards were published for public consultation. The New Directions Working Group considered the feedback received in the public consultation and used that feedback to make changes to improve the Interim Standards.

 

The Interim Standards for New Directions, Services and Supports for Adults with Disabilities have now been approved by the HSE and a continuous quality improvement process has been agreed to support their implementation. The Interim Standards will be posted shortly on the HSE website and the HSE Social Care Operational Plan 2016 will contain actions and targets to support the implementation of the Interim Standards. These will include the development of a Communication Strategy to ensure that all stakeholders are fully briefed in regard to the Interim Standards.

 Report on Public Consultation on ‘Draft Interim Standards for New Directions, Services and Supports for Adults with Disabilities’.

In September 2014, the HSE published ‘Draft Interim Standards for New Directions, Personal Support Services for Adults with Disabilities’ for public consultation for a period of 6 weeks.

 

424 submissions were made to the HSE in response to the public consultation, primarily by people who use services, their families and service providers. A range of feedback was submitted including comments welcoming the Draft Interim Standards and commenting on the clarity and content of Standards and Features. At the same time, a substantial volume of submissions expressed concerns regarding process, accessibility of the text, implementation and potential consequences of the Draft Interim Standards. Thoughtful recommendations were also evident throughout the submissions. The HSE would like to thank everyone who contributed to the public consultation stage.

 

Following a competitive tender process, the research group Intellectual Disability Studies at University of Limerick (IDS@UL) was awarded the contract to analyse the feedback received in response to the public consultation.

 

A two-part report is now available which summarises the feedback received, using quotes from respondents to demonstrate key points. The main report presents key issues that arose across all submissions. A supplementary report was also compiled, containing detailed comments from submissions that explicitly named specific Themes, Standards and Features.

 

The reports have been edited to ensure that no information is included which would allow a respondent to be identified. The editing removed the names of all people, locations and service providers.

 

You can download the two parts of the report below:

  • Findings from the Public Consultation on the Draft Interim Standards for New Directions, Services and Supports for Adults with Disabilities (accessible pdf)
  • Supplementary report containing detailed comments from submissions that explicitly named specific Themes, Standards and Features (accessible pdf)

 

Public Consultation Documents for information purposes:

This consultation is now closed. The consultation documents can still be downloaded below, for information purposes only.

You can download the following documents below:

Documents to support the use of the Easy to Read Guide in facilitated consultation sessions, divided into 4 parts, formatted for use in facilitated consultation sessions, and also available in a narrated video version: